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Lady Tigers advance 5 to regionals (VIDEO)

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                               JASON CHLAPEK I TCNS Trinity athlete Shelby Walters clears her height during the Districts 23/24-3A Area Meet on April 12 in Coldspring. Walters won the event with a vault of 9 feet.

By Jason Chlapek

COLDSPRING — April 12 was a banner day for Trinity athletes Shania English and Shelby Walters.

English was part of a trio of fourth-place finishes and Walters won her event at the Districts 23/24-3A Area Meet last week in Coldspring. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Region III-Class 3A Meet Friday and Saturday at Midway High School in Waco.

English finished fourth in the girls high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), 400-meter run (1:06.38), and ran a leg on the fourth-place 400-meter relay team (53.60). Joining English on the 400 relay were Yasmin Moore, Anaya Weathersby and MyOna Wilson.

Walters won the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet. She didn’t start vaulting until the height reached 7 feet, and Walters cleared the height with ease to clinch the area title in the event.

The second-place finisher in the girls pole vault cleared 6-6, but failed to clear 7 feet. The top two finishers and top third-place finish statewide in each event at the region meet qualify for the state track and field meet May 6-8 in Austin.

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Lifter taking next step up the mountain

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042221 powerlifter 2COURTESY PHOTO Kailyn “KK” Fisher show off the hardware she’s won during her journey to becoming the state champion powerlifter this year.

By Tony Farkas

TRINITY — Kailyn Fisher said it’s good to be at the top, especially for a state as grand as Texas.

The Trinity High School junior won’t be stopping there, as she has set her sights on a national competition, set for June 2-3 in San Antonio.

Kailyn, or KK as she’s known, is following in her older sister Deanna’s footsteps after watching her lift, and her happiness doing it.

“I love doing what I do, and I love making people happy,” she said.

Powerlifting Coach Forrest Reddick said he had the privilege of coaching both sisters. At a recent school board meeting, he listed her numerous accomplishments.

“Deanna was my first star,” Reddick said. “We would be down on the floor getting ready to lift, and we’d look up in the stands and there would be this kid, laying across two or three sets of bleachers, dead asleep. Four years later, KK’s freshman year, she went undefeated in her regular invitational meets, came in second place at regionals and came in third at state behind some senior girls.”

In her sophomore year, KK went undefeated in all invitational meets, became regional champion and set three records for bench, deadlift and a totals record with 1,230 pounds.

Reddick said Kailyn qualified for the state meet, but that was cancelled because of COVID.

For this year, she again was undefeated in invitational meets, again was regional champion where she was named most outstanding lifter, and at state set a personal best with a squat of 520 pounds, benched 285 pounds, and deadlifted a personal best of 450 pounds to break the state record of total weight of 1,255 pounds.

“I knew I would do well, I was confident,” Kailyn said. “We were looking at the stats going in to the tournament, and knew I would do well, but I didn’t think I would outdo everyone from 1A to 6A.”

042221 powerlifterCOURTESY PHOTO Kailyn Fisher poses with her coach, Forrest Reddick, after the state meet this year.

Reddick said that he went back through all the totals, and KK had the best lift of all weight classes this year.

Trinity School Superintendent John Kaufman praised Kailyn’s accomplishments, but also said he was a role model.

“Ms. Fisher has accomplished a task that no one in Trinity has accomplished,” he said. “I am extremely proud of her, and I’m even more proud of her as a student leader.”

With all of her success competing this year, Kailyn, after at the Scarlet Showdown in New Caney on April 10, was invited by the U.S. Powerlifting Association to compete at the national level.

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Centerville enjoys successful season

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041521 baseball 2TONY FARKAS | TCNS Groveton right fielder Reese White beats the pickoff back to first base during the Indians’ 19-1 win over Apple Springs on April 6.

Special to the News-Standard

CENTERVILLE — On March 23, Centerville pulled off a 14-1 win against the Apple Springs Eagles.

Starting pitcher for the Bulldogs was Aydn Self, squaring off against the Eagles’ Dakota Campbell. Self went five innings with five strikeouts, and giving up one run; while Campbell pitched four and picked up seven strikeouts, while allowing 11 runs.

Closing pitcher for the Eagles was Daniel Johnson, who gave up three runs with one strikeout.

For the Bulldogs, Self went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles and five stolen bases; Logan Villanueva went 2-for-3 and three stolen bases; and Weston Dial, Ty Havard, Anthony Commiato, Ethan Rutledge and Logan Whittlesey each contributed hits as well.

The win put Centerville’s record at 4-1 on the season.

On March 16, Centerville downed the North Zulch Bulldogs 13-12.

On March 12, Centerville downed the Richards Panthers 13-11 in extra innings.

The Bulldogs and Panthers were tied 11-11 at the bottom of the sixth. Neither team scored in the seventh; in the eighth, Travis Thorne was on base after a walk, and lead-off batter Aydn Self clobbered a homer to bring the Bulldogs score up to 13.

Starting pitcher Self went five innings and recorded five strikeouts.

Logan Villanueva, Weston Dial, Travis Thorne and Logan Whittlesey each contributed hits in the win.

 

Scores roundup

Apple Springs

April 12 vs. Wells, 3-2 win

April 9 vs. Centerville, 20-0 loss

April 6 vs. Groveton, 19-1 loss

April 1 vs. Douglass, 29-0 loss

Centerville

April 9 vs. Apple Springs, 20-0 win

Groveton

April 9 vs. Douglass, 10-9 win

April 6 vs. Apple Springs, 19-1 win

Trinity

April 9 vs. Tarkington, 16-1 loss.

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Trinity falls to rival Coldspring

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040121 baseball 2TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity Tiger Third Baseman Cole Caldwell slides into third following his opening at-bat triple during the Friday game with Coldspring-Oakhurst. Despite going on to score, the Tigers lost to the Trojans 18-1.

News-Tribune staff

TRINITY — Hot bats gave the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans a win over the Trinity Tigers on Friday.

Tiger head coach Chad Kinney said senior Sam Allen gave up a total of 4 earned runs and 1 RBI at the plate, and junior Cole Caldwell went 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored. Freshmen Remi Lassman and Cole Hortman each went 1-for-2 with a double, and freshman David McKendree walked twice.

Trinity managed to put up a few hits, but couldn’t string together enough to counter Coldspring-Oakhurst.

Kinney said that due to having players out, the next game — Onalaska on Thursday — they will be starting five or six freshmen.

Trojan Head Coach Austin Riddell said it was a great overall team win.

Easton Dean, who also carried pitching duties, went 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle, including his first high school-career home run. He also put up three strikeouts while allowing only two hits.

Riddell said this week is going to be a tough test, as they were to play New Waverly on Tuesday at home, and then travel to Anderson-Shiro on Thursday.

“This will be a great measuring tool to see where we truly stand in our district and we are excited for the opportunity,” he said.

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Lady Tiger wins state meet

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032521 powerliftingCOURTESY PHOTO Kailyn Fisher displays her first-place award for taking top honors at the State 3A Powerlifting meet on March 16 in Corpus Christi.

News-Standard staff

CORPUS CHRISTI — Kailyn Fisher took top honors at the State 3A Powerlifting meet on March 16.

The Lady Tiger lifted a personal best squat of 520 pounds, did a 285-pound bench press, a personal best 450-pound deadlift and hit a new state totals record of 1,255 pounds.

Her efforts put Trinity at seventh in the team standings, which was won by Edinburg Idea College Prep.

At the 1-2A State Meet held March 15, Groveton’s Jadan Alsip took eighth place and Lexia Blanks brought home 10th-place hardware.

Kylie Voelker and Chloe Meshell bombed out on squats, which ended their competition for the season.

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